Can you feel that slight chill in the air? See those leaves just starting to change colors? It's clear that fall is right around the corner. And while this cozy season brings knit sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, and stunning foliage, it can also wreak havoc on your skin.
The drop in humidity sucks moisture right out of your complexion, leaving it dry, dull, and thirsty. And all that wind and frigid air only exacerbates the issue. That's why it's crucial to switch up your skincare routine when autumn arrives. The products that kept your skin glowing all summer long just won't cut it now.
Don't worry though, I'm here to walk you through all the tips and tricks to seamlessly transition your skincare for fall. From moisturizers to masks to lips care, this is your guide to maintaining a radiant, healthy complexion even as the temperatures drop. Let's get started!
Moisturizer - Heavier and Hydrating
The star of your new fall skincare lineup definitely needs to be a rich, ultra-hydrating moisturizer. This should be creamier and more emollient than your summer formula. The drier air pulls water from your skin, so you need ingredients that add it back and seal it in.
Look for moisturizers with ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or oils like jojoba, almond, or avocado. These nourishing ingredients provide long-lasting hydration and reinforce your skin's moisture barrier against the elements.
And be sure to apply it immediately after cleansing while your skin is still damp. This helps trap the water on your complexion before it evaporates. Take your time massaging it in too - this stimulates blood flow and allows the moisturizer to penetrate deeper.
I recommend using your rich moisturizer morning and night. And if your skin is feeling particularly parched, mix in a few drops of facial oil before applying it. This gives you an extra boost of hydration. My dry skin soaks this up!
Layer On The Serum
Under your new moisturizer, be sure to layer on a hydrating serum. Look for lightweight serums packed with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera, and antioxidants. This gives your skin an extra dose of hydration and nourishment before sealing it in with moisturizer.
You can use your serum morning and night after cleansing and toning. I like to apply a few drops, gently pat it into my skin, then follow up immediately with moisturizer before it has time to evaporate.
And don't forget your neck and décolletage! These areas often show signs of aging first. Apply your serum and moisturizer here too.
Slather On The SPF
I know the sunshine feels less intense during fall, but UV rays still penetrate through those clouds and can damage your skin. So SPF is absolutely non-negotiable, rain or shine!
Use a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every single day. Even if you'll just be inside by a window, those UVA and UVB rays still get through. For prolonged sun exposure, bump it up to SPF 50.
And be sure to apply enough - about 1/4 teaspoon for your face alone. Rub it in thoroughly until it disappears into your skin. Reapply every two hours if you'll be spending time outdoors.
Don't neglect your lips either - opt for an SPF lip balm to protect delicate lip skin from sun damage and moisture loss.
You likely exfoliated more often in the summer to remove sweat, oils, and residue from sunscreens and bug spray. But your exfoliation routine needs a fall adjustment too.
As your skin gets drier from the colder weather, it's best to avoid harsh scrubs. These can cause microtears and further dryness. Instead, swap them for gentle enzymatic or chemical exfoliators. These formulas with AHAs, BHAs, and fruit enzymes dissolve dead skin cells without abrasion.
Limit exfoliation to 2-3 times a week max so you don't disrupt your skin's moisture barrier. Be sure to follow exfoliating with extra moisturizer to counter any drying effects.
And of course, skip exfoliating if your skin is irritated or inflamed. Let it fully heal first before exposing it to any acids.
Hydrating Masks Are Your Friend
Incorporate a nourishing facial mask into your routine 1-2 times per week. These provide an extra surge of moisture to revive dry, depleted skin. They essentially give your complexion a drink!
Look for hydrating, soothing ingredients like honey, oatmeal, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, glycerin. Avoid clay or charcoal masks as these can be drying.
After cleansing, apply your mask and let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes. Rinse then immediately follow up with your serum and moisturizer while skin is fresh and receptive. Your complexion will look plump and dewy!
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. Be diligent about drinking water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Aim for at least eight 8-oz glasses per day minimum. I love keeping a cute water bottle on hand to motivate me to sip more frequently.
You can also sip bone broth. The collagen and amino acids support glowing skin. Herbal teas are another great way to meet your daily water needs, while also supplying antioxidants. I enjoy sipping on chilled hibiscus or chamomile tea in the afternoons.
Additionally, eat plenty of foods with omega fatty acids like salmon, walnuts, and avocados. And be sure to snack on hydrating fruits and veggies like cucumbers, grapes, berries, and melons.
Show Your Lips Some Love
Lips tend to get utterly parched and chapped in the dry, cold air. But never fear - a few simple tweaks to your lip care routine will keep them smooth and comfortable.
Exfoliate your lips once a week to buff off flaky skin. Simply rub with a wet washcloth with soft circular motions. Follow up with a hydrating balm or overnight mask to deeply nourish lips.
Avoid matte liquid lipsticks, as these can be drying. Opt for creamy lipsticks and glosses instead. And always prep lips with balm before applying any lip color to prevent emphasizing cracks or peeling.
Reapply your balm or oil after eating and drinking to seal in moisture. And I highly recommend keeping lip balms everywhere - by your bed, in your purse, car, office desk, nightstand. Having it on hand always reminds me to use it!
Adjust Your Routine Slowly
Remember, you don't have to overhaul your entire skincare routine overnight. The transition into fall happens gradually over weeks. So adjust your products accordingly as the temperatures drop and humidity decreases.
Pay attention to what your skin needs day to day. Add in richer creams, oils, and masks as needed once you start noticing more dryness. There's no exact formula - let your skin guide you.
And definitely patch test and introduce new products slowly. There's nothing worse than irritation and breakouts right before the holidays!
Stick The Landing!There you have it - all my top tips for transitioning your skincare routine from summer to fall! I hope these suggestions help you sail smoothly into the cozy fall season with glowing, hydrated skin.
Remember to pack on the moisturizer, savor hydrating masks, polish lips, and nourish from within too. Don't let the drop in humidity leave your complexion high and dry! Take a few simple steps so you and your skin can fully enjoy all the wonderful fall activities.
Let me know if you have any other questions on switching up your routine for autumn! I'm happy to provide more recommendations to get your glow on as the leaves fall. Now go treat yourself to a spiced pumpkin latte and browse the sweaters. Fall is upon us!